Parish Councils

Parish Councils are the tier of local government closest to the individual communities they serve. Some of the duties & responsibilities of the Parish Council are:

  • Provide services Create policies Raise and spend money on behalf of the community Budget & manage its finances in accordance with the Accounts & Audit regulations
  • Ensure adequate insurance cover Manage Parish land, buildings & property
  • Keeping parishioners informed Work in partnership with other bodies

The Council is headed by the Chairman who is appointed every year at the Annual Parish meeting. Some of their duties and responsibilities are:

  • Be the public face of the council Welcome visitors and represent the council at official meetings or functions
  • Summarize debate and facilitate the resolving of clear decisions
  • Have a casting vote
  • Sign the Minutes of meetings
  • Sign documents on behalf of the council, providing the council is in agreement Ensure that effective and lawful decisions are taken at meetings of the council
  • Involve all Councillors in discussions whilst ensuring the Councillors keep to the point
  • Keep discussions moving so that the meeting is not too long

The Councillors contribute to the work of the whole council but no one individual (including the Chairman) can make a decision on behalf of the council. Some of the duties and responsibilities of councillors are:

  • Attend meetings
  • Suggest ideas and engage in constructive debate
  • Work to bring about improvement through local projects and lobbying other service providers
  • Influence and shape the long term development policy for the parish, and as part of the planning process, comment on planning applications in the parish.
  • Act fairly within the law
  • Vote to enable the council to make decisions
  • Be proactive

The primary point of contact for Parish Council business is the Parish Clerk. The Clerk:

  • Provides administrative support to the Council
  • Are responsible for ensuring that the instructions of the Council are carried out in a timely and legal manner
  • Ensure the Councils finance are administered correctly and prepare monthly and yearly statements of accounts

Click <here> for the Rowsley Parish Council Clerk’s contact details.

Details of the current Parish Councillors is available <here>.